More than 12,500 of you voted for this year Catchy Awards. Every single one of those votes was heard in deciding the best of the best among high school sports stars. Below are the winners.
Best Football Player: DeAndre Goolsby, Derby
Goolsby helped lead the Derby Panthers to its first state championship since 1994. The big tight end will play at the swamp in Gainesville, Flo. For the University of Florida Gators.
Best Volleyball Player: Sydney Kuhn, Kapaun Mt. Carmel
Kuhn was a monster at the net in helping the Lady Crusaders to a third-place finish in 5A. Kapaun lost in the semifinals to eventual champion St. James Academy. Kuhn will play in South Bend, Ind. For the University of Notre Dame.
Best Boys’ Cross Country Runner: Nick Martin, Bishop Carroll
Martin was a City League Champion and a Regional Runner-up. He finished third at the 5A State Championships at Rim Rock in Lawrence.
Best Girls’ Cross Country Runner: Alex Miller, Garden City
Miller is a state runner-up behind Lawrence Free State’s Emily Venters. Miller was also a regional champion.
Best Boys’ Soccer Player: Luis Fernandez, Bishop Carroll
The goalkeeper was the leader of a strong Golden Eagle team in 2013 that finished fourth in 5A.
Best Girls’ Golfer: Taryn Torgerson, Buhler
Torgerson won her first state title in 2013 on a 25-foot putt for birdie. Torgerson has been near the top her entire career, but finally got over the hump.
Best Girls’ Tennis Player/Duo: Do-hee Lee, Andover
Lee led the Lady Trojans to their first team state championship by taking down Bishop Carroll powerhouse Courtney Lubbers in the state final.
Best Boys’ Basketball Player: Trevon Evans, Goddard Eisenhower
By garnering more than half the votes, Evans dominated the category just as much as he dominated the sport in 2013-14. Evans has been a mainstay of the top players in the state the past three seasons and helped the Tigers to a two-loss season.
Best Girls’ Basketball Player: Keiryn Swenson, Maize
Swenson was a big part of Maize’s attack that took it all the way to the state title game. Swenson helped the team to a state runner-up behind back-to-back champion Wichita South.
Best Boys’ Swimmer: Gavin Smith, Rose Hill
Smith was a newcomer to the scene this year, but he took by storm. The sophomore was the 100 yard butterfly champion, 50 yard freestyle runner-up and was the final leg of a third-place finish in the 200 yard medley relay at the 5-1A state championships in February.
Best Wrestler: Preston Weigel, Hays
Weigel won his third straight championship by dominating the tournament. Each of his wins were by either pin or tech fall. It was his second straight undefeated season. Weigel will wrestle for Oklahoma State University.
Best Boys’ Bowler: Brandon Gile, Goddard Eisenhower
Gile, a freshman, notched a high score 719 for the state champion Tigers. He finished fifth overall in 5-1A.
Best Girls’ Bowler: Shannon Kane, Goddard Eisenhower
Kane, one of three Catchy Award winners from Eisenhower finished fifth at regionals and the sophomore won the state championship with a 683.
Best Baseball Player: Tyler Jones, Andale
Jones dominated the mound for the Indians as he was named the 4A Div. I Pitcher of the Year. Andale fell in the opening round of the state tournament to a red-hot Rose Hill team.
Best Softball Player: Morgan Bohanan, Goddard
Bohanan led the Lady Lions to a 20-1 season. Her play was good enough to land her on the University of Kansas team.
Best Boys’ Track and Field Athlete: Deron Thompson, Wichita Northwest
With a late push, Thompson was able to take the lead and the win in this year’s Catchy Awards. He was the 100 and 200-yard champion in 6A. He will play football at Colorado State.
Best Girls’ Track and Field Athlete: Taylor Needham, Cheney
Needham was the 3A 100, 200 and 300 hurdles champion. Her performance at the state track meet was one of the best in recent history.
Best Boys’ Golfer: Kale Reynolds, Maize
Reynolds turned in a tremendous season for the Eagles as he won the 6A state title with a fantastic score of 70.
Best Girls’ Swimmer: Mia Gibson, Maize South
In what was the tightest race of the Awards, Gibson won by less than one percent. She also won the 100 yard freestyle, was the 100 backstroke runner-up and on the third-place 200 yard medley relay team at the 5-1A state championships. She helped the Lady Mavericks to a second-place state finish behind Blue Valley Southwest and in front of third-place Wichita Heights.
Best Boys’ Tennis Player/Duo: Peter & Ryan Horton, McPherson
The Horton brothers didn’t lose a single set at the 4A state tournament and won the title match 6-1, 6-0. They helped the Bullpups to a second place finish.
Best Girls’ Soccer Player: Reagan Kaiser, Hays
This is Kaiser’s second Catchy Award. The defender won her second-straight Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year Award.
6A Team of the Year: Derby Football
The Derby Panther football team won its first state title since 1994 behind a more-than-convincing state tournament. Derby outscored its opponents in the state tournament 194-65, including a 55-17 beatdown of Garden City in the state semifinal game.
5A Team of the Year: Goddard Wrestling
With a late push, the Goddard wrestling team overtook Bishop Carroll softball for the Award. Goddard finished second in 5A behind St. James Academy, its first state title in the sport.
4A Team of the Year: Buhler Football
Behind stars like Riley Allen and Jace Williams the Crusaders were able to take home the school’s first-ever state title in football. The team had come close the past few years, but never finished the job. Buhler beat Coffeyville in the state title game.
3A Team of the Year: Hesston Girls’ Basketball
The Hesston girls finished the season 25-1 and state champions with a 46-36 win over Lyons. The Lady Swathers waltzed through the state tournament winning their games by an average of 16.3 points.
2A Team of the Year: Hillsboro Volleyball
The Lady Trojans won their third-consecutive state championship in 2013. Hillsboro lost just one set the entire 2A tournament.
1A Team of the Year: Hoxie Girls’ Basketball
The Hoxie Lady Indians are currently in the midst of a 73-game win streak and if they complete a perfect regular season in 2014-15 they will set the record. They also won their third-straight state championship.
Story of the Year: Hoxie Girls’ Basketball
Speaking of the Lady Indians, Hoxie won the Story of the Year Award with its now 73-game win streak and third-straight state title.